Introduction to BBC Micro:bit

person icon Venkatesh Varadachari

Introduction to BBC Micro:bit

Get introduced to the Maker world through this accessible course on BBC Micro:bit - No programming experience required

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Venkatesh Varadachari

architecture icon IT & Software,Hardware,BBC Micro:bit


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Course Description

Hello learners, Welcome to MAKERDEMY’s "Introduction to BBC Micro:bit" course. If you are looking for that one course that will help you gain confidence to explore the Micro:bit, you have come to the right place.

Through an innovative pedagogy of mixing projects and concepts, this course will help you learn the WHY, HOW and WHAT. To this end, this course is beyond a cook book. You will always know WHY you are doing something. For the more curious learners, we have ample resources to dive in to and continue your learning journey.

In just two and half hours, you will learn ALL the peripherals of the Micro:Bit and will build several projects. Along the way, you will learn quite a bit of science related to the projects that you do.

So, this course is structured as SCIENCE + Micro:Bit + PROJECTS + ASSIGNMENTS.

With numerous custom made illustrations and animations, we have set the standard in terms of production quality. All so that you can have a terrific learning experience.

This course is meant for anyone in the age group of 8 to 100+. This is basically for people who are mentally young and curious.

If you are a teacher or a parent trying to introduce the BBC Micro:bit to your student or kid, you will find this course very useful as you will be able to answer all the questions your students or kid will ask. This is because we have tailored this course by giving equal importance to both the projects as well as the concepts.

So come join me in this introductory course on the BBC Micro:bit. I am looking forward in being your instructor and hearing about all the wonderful projects you were able to make with the BBC Micro:bit

Who this course is for:

  • A hobbyist looking to learn how to program the BBC Micro:bit
  • A parent seeking to teach his/her children basics of the Micro:bit and programming
  • An absolute Beginner to electronics and programming, who wants to explore the BBC Micro:bit


What will you learn in this course:

  • The history, the impact and the physical overview of the BBC Micro:bit

  • The basic programming concepts like loops, logic, variable, and math operations in the MakeCode Block editor

  • The working principle of all the peripherals on the BBC Micro:bit, like the LED Matrix, the button, the accelerometer, the compass, and the Radio. You will also learn the concept of serial communication

  • To use the LED Matrix of the BBC Micro:bit to display custom images and animations

  • To use the buttons on the BBC Micro:bit to trigger events

  • To use the accelerometer to implement a Spirit Level Project

  • To use the compass/magnetometer to implement a Metal Detector Project

  • Basics of serial communication and learn to send data between the BBC Micro:bit and a PC. You will also implement a Temperature logger project and plot a graph of the temperature in your surroundings

  • Basics of radio communication and implement a Digital Telegraphy Project using Morse code between two BBC Micro:bits


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • The course assumes no prior knowledge in programming or electronics

  • All you need is curiosity, hunger to learn and logical thinking

Introduction to BBC Micro:bit


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

5 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction 05:11 05:11
  • play icon Getting to know your BBC Micro:bit 05:11 05:11
  • play icon Physical Overview of the BBC Micro:Bit 06:51 06:51
  • play icon Course Resources
  • play icon Course Quiz and Assignments
Visual Programming Using The Block Editor
4 Lectures
Working with the Buttons and the LED Matrix
5 Lectures
Working with the Accelerometer
4 Lectures
Working with the Magnetometer
4 Lectures
Working with Serial Communication
3 Lectures
Radio Communication
4 Lectures

Instructor Details

Venkatesh Varadachari

Venkatesh Varadachari

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